Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sugar, Sugar….what’s it doing to our bodies?

Sugar consumption has increased over the last 20 years from 26 lbs per person per year to 135 lbs per person per year!!!! Could this be the answer to our ever increasing waistline???

Yes, sugar consumption upsets the body’s blood sugar balance and triggers the release of insulin. Insulin, a hormone, stores the sugar as fat! This also causes a drop in blood sugar levels (now that the sugar is stored) causing you to crave what???....more sugar! An evil cycle!

Blood sugar fluctuations are caused by eating simple, refined carbohydrates. There are four classes of simple sugars: sucrose, fructose, honey and malts! Yes honey is a natural sweetener but has the same blood sugar affect as the processed refined stuff.

READ THE INGREDIENTS! So you stay away from adding sugar to your coffees and teas, skip the sweet pastries, sodas, and packaged candies….are we safe?? Nope! Sugar comes in so much of our packaged items its amazing! Read the labels on your bread, cereals, snack bars, frozen dinners, peanut butter, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, salad dressing, marinades, concentrated juices, dried fruit….and much more!!

Try to stick with agave as a sweetener (low on the GI index), eating fresh juicy fruit when those sugar cravings hit, and consuming complex carbohydrates! Stick with a diet low in the glycemic index and your body will thank you….step off the sugar rollercoaster :)


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